Frequently Asked Questions
NOTE: DFAS does not make secondary dependency claim determinations for the U.S. Marine Corps. The information presented on our website is provided by HQMC (MFP-1) and is also available at the Marine Corps Manpower & Reserve Affairs website.
Your command can approve the following dependents:
HQMC (MFP-1) must approve:
To be considered sufficiently dependent upon the member, the claimed dependent’s income, not including your contribution, must be less than one-half of the actual living expenses . The law requires the individual to be “in fact” dependent on you, so your contribution must be more than one-half of the dependent’s actual monthly living expenses.
In the case of a deceased member, the application is submitted including proof that the individual was in fact dependent on the member at the time of the member’s death and for the preceding 12 months.
Get a list of documents and forms needed for your secondary dependency application. We've also made lists of Helpful Hints you can use to make sure the information you submit is complete and correct.
Page updated January 5, 2017